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Prep notebook: Yacyk setting new standards at North

April 25, 2013

Baseball

North Hagerstown’s Andrew Yacyk took over as the career leader in hits for the Hubs on Monday against Boonsboro.

Yacyk now has 102 hits, surpassing the mark of 99 established by T.J. Hose from 2001-04.

Yacyk also has gone to the top of the North leaderboard for runs scored in a career with 88, moving ahead of Charles Cvijanovich, who graduated last year.

Yacyk is still tied with Randy Butts for career home runs with 18. Yacyk already is the career leader in RBIs (115), extra-base hits  (51), doubles (28) and total bases (194).

To be completed?

Two baseball games started Wednesday that were interrupted by rain hope to be continued.

Clear Spring was ahead of Williamsport 4-1 at home after 2 1/2 innings. However, both teams have already played at Williamsport, so unless it has a bearing on playoff seedings prior to May 8, it might not be resumed.

Boonsboro and Catoctin got seven innings in, but needed more following a 7-7 tie. It’s the same situation with those teams, which were meeting for the second time, and a winner may not be determined unless there’s a seeding problem.

Miller moving on

Former South Hagerstown standout Joey Miller was named West Virginia Conference player of the week at Concord University for the week ending April 22.

Miller, who transferred to Concord after two years at Frederick Community College, went 10 for 19 with six extra-base hits — including his 10th home run of the year — and six RBIs.

For the year, Miller is batting .343 with 55 RBIs.

Willard makes choice

Former Smithsburg star Ryne Willard, currently redshirting at Towson University, where the baseball team has been in flux, has chosen to opt out of the program there, despite it being given new life recently to continue.

Willard said he has visited and decided to accept an offer to play at Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College, which has spent time this season as the top-ranked NJCAA team in the country.

Playoffs approaching

West Virginia class AAA teams start the state playoffs at the sectional level in less than two weeks, with Martinsburg at Musselman on May 6 at 4 p.m. The loser of the opener will play at Hedgesville on May 7 at 7 p.m., and the winner of the opener will play at Hedgesville on May 8 at 7 p.m.

Those outcomes will determine the matchups on Thursday and, if necessary, Friday.

* Maryland won’t be far behind, with the final regular-season play date of May 9 fast approaching. The playoff draw will be held May 8, with playoffs starting May 10.



Softball

Two Smithsburg players are looking to reach the century mark for hits in their careers.

Through Wednesday, Cara Ferguson has 98 hits in a Leopards uniform and Kinsey Shifflett has 91.

The Leopards have at least nine contests, including playoff games, remaining.

One for the numbers

Catoctin must really like putting straight sticks on the scoreboard.

Seven times this year, the Cougars have scored exactly 11 runs — all in victory. Even more amazing, they have scored 11 in six of their last seven games.

Playoff time

The West Virginia playoffs get underway next week.

In the double-elimination Class AAA sectional format, Martinsburg opens at Hedgesville on Monday at 7 p.m. The loser of the opener goes to Musselman on Tuesday, while the winner of the opener plays at Musselman on Wednesday. Final games will be played Thursday and, if necessary, Friday.

* In Maryland, the playoff draw will be held May 7, with the final regular-season play date following on May 8 and the playoffs starting May 9.

— This week’s notebook was compiled by staff writer Tim Koelble.

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